Aaron Judge’s historic season has captivated the betting public to such an extent that some sportsbooks have reported that more bets are placed on the New York Yankees slugger’s home run than the outcome of the games.
Nearly nine times more money was wagered on Judge’s home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday than on any other player offered by Caesars Sportsbook. BetMGM reported that more bets were placed on Judge’s Home Run odds than on the outcome of the Pirates-Yankees game.
Judge, who has 60 homers this season and is one shy of tying Roger Maris’ American League record, is +200 at Caesars to hit in the opener of a four-game series against the Boston Red Sox on Thursday. Judge, who hit a home run against the Red Sox on Thursday, was the most popular MLB player prop on DraftKings.
Umpire settled for a double, but did not play in the Yankees’ 14-2 rout of the Pirates on Wednesday.
“The fans packed it out to see us win a ballgame and see some homers,” Judge joked after the game. “So I guess I’ll have to cut out the double stuff.”
Judge’s home run odds were +370 when the Yankees opened the season against the Red Sox at Caesars Sportsbook. They haven’t been that long in the past week, but the bets aren’t off.
At sportsbook PointsBet in September, Judge has attracted over 13% of all bets placed at home. According to PointsBet, that’s four times more bets than the most-bet players Paul Goldschmidt and Shohei Ohtani combined.
Judge also led the American League in batting average (.317) and strikeout rate (128) on Thursday, and Caesars Sportsbook offers even money on the All-Star outfielder to win the Triple Crown.
PointsBet says he’s more likely to win Judge’s Triple Crown than Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes to win NFL regular-season MVP, which is always a popular prize market.
Judge is a huge -5,000 favorite to win the American League MVP at Caesars and even bigger at other sportsbooks.